The Songwriters Hall of Fame is inducting some great songwriters of our generation for the year 2010. David Foster’s written every other ballad for most pop stars, Leonard Cohen penned the magical “Hallelujah” and just about everyone knows who Earth, Wind and Fire is (Maurice White will be inducted). However, we’re a little surprised to hear that pop-country sweetie (depending on how you spin your connotation on the latter term) Taylor Swift is included in this year’s mix as she is only 20 years old.
Yes, we can’t deny her success within the last two years as we’ve all seen her carry those CMA and Grammy awards off in her arms. Yes, we’re aware of the fact that claims her as the youngest female artist who has won Album of the Year at this year’s Grammys. (It’s just too bad her duet with Stevie Nicks turned MANY people away from just nonchalantly nodding their heads with that choice.) Yes, we know the Associated Press is telling the truth when they say she has “written or co-written every song on her two multi platinum-selling CDs.”
However… given her young age and the songs which blatantly reflect her innocence, is the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the States jumping the gun? It’s completely understandable for artists to write about what they know – an option many authors in all fields have learned to grasp onto – because songs come off more personable and most of all, relatable to their audience. Yet, can we really group her with the likes of David Foster who gave us “The Prayer” (Celine Dion/Andrea Bocelli) and “I Have Nothing” (Whitney Houston) or Cohen for “Hallelujah?”
Often providing sappy teenager-in-love songs such as “Love Story” (you knew that one was coming), “White Horse,” “You Belong With Me” and “Today Was A Fairytale,” it sounds like Swift has much maturing to do in regards to writing outside of the box. As much as we have ripped on Swift in the past for not being able to deliver any solid performances as a live act, we do commend her for doing things her own way. We like the fact that she writes her own songs unlike her peers such as Miley Cyrus (who has never heard a Jay-Z song but sings that she has) but should the Songwriters Hall of Fame wait and see what she can offer through lyrics and melodies during the next couple of years – AFTER she comes out of her “fairytale” phase? (Come on, the girl is 20. It’s time for a new motif.)
Swift will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards on June 17 in New York City. You can find out more about the Songwriting Hall of Fame at their official website.
What do you think? Does Swift deserve to be inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame at only 20 years old?